Yerty Announces Hiring of Assistant Coach

March 26, 2008


University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Carrie Yerty announced today the hiring of Jill (Jones) Stucky as an assistant with the Cowgirl volleyball program.

"I am thrilled to have been able to hire someone with the experience and ability of Jill Jones Stucky," said Yerty. "She is an established recruiter both in the states and internationally and is first class in every aspect of her life. Jill will assist in every phase of the program and will bring enthusiasm and knowledge onto the court. She is a great ambassador for the program and understands what being a part of a championship team and program is about. Coach Stucky is an alumnus of the Cowgirl Volleyball program and is a very passionate about being back at her alma mater. I am very fortunate to have her on board and look forward to working with her.

"It is a magical thing to be in this profession and have the opportunity to come back to the same town as my extended family," said Stucky. "It feels so good to be able to say "Go Wyo" again. I'm also excited to be back at my alma mater, and I have big plans to help make Wyoming Volleyball great again."

Stucky comes to Wyoming from the University of Kansas in Lawrence where she spent the past ten seasons as an assistant coach. Among her many duties, she was the main international recruiting coordinator, travel coordinator, responsible for opponent scouting and video breakdown, along with being a liaison for the student-athletes with many facets of the athletics department such as team equipment, housing, academic services and the training room. She was also the Big XII Conference Representative for the Assistant Coaches Committee through the American Volleyball Coaches Association. During that time, Kansas posted a 161-144 overall record including a 22-11 overall mark and a third place finish in the Big XII in 2003.

Prior to that, she spent one season as an assistant coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., under current Kansas head coach Ray Bechard. During that year, she helped the Cougars to a 59-3 record and a Final Four appearance at the NJCAA Tournament. Her duties included assisting with practice, strength and conditioning, along with day to day operations. While at BCCC, she also served as an athletics academic advisor on top of her coaching duties. As an athletics academic advisor, she oversaw the academic advisement for baseball, men's and women's track and volleyball.

Her playing career began at the University of Wyoming where she was a three-year letterwinner for the Cowgirls. She was a team captain as a junior. In 1994, she helped the Cowgirls to a 17-13 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. As a senior, she led the team in service aces, digs and kills, and still ranks among the Top 15 in each of those categories in school history. She also holds the record for digs in a three-game match. An excellent student, she earned Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete honors in addition to being named to the School of Education's Dean's List. Stucky received a bachelor of arts and sciences degree in English from Wyoming in 1996 and continued her education by earning a master's degree in sports administration from Kansas in 2002.

She has also been involved in several volleyball camps throughout the region. She has worked camps at Wichita State, Wyoming, Colorado State and Barton County Community College in addition to the University of Kansas camps and satellite clinics.

Her coaching experience also reaches beyond the collegiate ranks, as she previously served as the head coach of the USAV Sport-2-Sport 17-and-Under Elite Team in Lawrence, Kan., and the 18-and-Under Elite Volleytech Sports Club team in Great Bend, Kan. She was also the head coach of the Snowy Range 18-and-Under Volleyball Club team in Laramie, Wyo. in 1997.

She and her husband, Kyle, were married in the spring of 2002. They have two daughters, Alexis and Madeline.